Not In A Hurry To Form Govt, Won't Sell Out To BJP: Mufti

7 February 2015
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron and former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Saturday said that the party will not 'sell-out' to the BJP during negotiations between the two to form a government in the state. He also said that PDP is not in a hurry to form a government which will be formed after a joint program is formulated and agreed upon. His made the comments after casting his vote for the Rajya Sabha polls in the state. 'PDP is not in a hurry to form a government. The party will sit with the BJP for a structured dialogue and will frame a common minimum program which will benefit the people of Jammu & Kashmir,' he said. 'People should know that my party is not power hungry. The dialogue process with BJP for the formation of government will be held openly,' Mufti said. 'We want to change the fate of people in the state. We also want peace in the state between Pakistan and India. Our party will put forth these issues to BJP during the dialogue,' he added. He said that it is an established fact that BJP has got the mandate of the people. 'We want to give good governance to the people. We had a common minimum program with Congress and everybody knows how it worked. The party will try to frame a similar program with BJP which will benefit all the regions of the state,' Mufti said. National Conference working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who cast his vote for Congress senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Rajya Sabha polls, said, 'PDP was boasting about the miracles during the floods if the government would have been theirs but now when they have got the chance I wonder why are they shying away to form the government and when their alliance is already known to everybody.' Abdullah also said that the NC would sit in the opposition. He said that if both PDP and BJP came together for the Raj Sabha elections what stops them to form a government. 'Both the parties should come and form government and fulfill their promises,' he added. Asked why NC supported Azad he said, 'When PDP and BJP who have different ideologies came together what is wrong that NC supported Congress for this Raj Sabha election.' 'Azad Sahab's victory was important for the secular ethos of the state and every secular party and individual secular MLA's voted for his victory,' he added. Azad who is leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha managed to win with 30 votes.